The Nationals CFA Volunteers Emergency Services Gippsland South

CFA volunteer numbers dwindling under Andrews

The number of CFA volunteers in Victoria has dropped significantly under the Andrews Labor Government according to a new report released this week.

The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien, said the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services confirmed that volunteer numbers have been dwindling since the Andrews Government and the UFU began their war on CFA.

“The number of operational volunteer firefighters in Victoria has fallen 6.9 per in the past two years,” Mr O’Brien said.

“There are now 2400 fewer CFA volunteers protecting Victoria this fire season.

"The Productivity Commission's findings are disappointing, but I am not surprised. I suspect many volunteers have quit the CFA because they don't feel valued or respected by the Andrews Labor Government.

Mr O’Brien said despite claiming he had put an end to the dispute, Daniel Andrews was still at war with CFA volunteers.

“On 15 June 2016, Daniel Andrews declared: ‘This dispute had to come to an end and I ended it’.

“Seven months on and the dispute continues with Andrews backing the militant UFU’s outrageous demands over our volunteers.

“Meanwhile volunteers are dropping off and new members have little incentive to join.

“How the Premier can claim the dispute is resolved is beyond me.”

Mr O’Brien said the Productivity Commission also found that the Melbourne Labor Government has cut funding for the State Emergency Service (SES) by more than $1.25 million.

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